SIT Graduate Institute Intensive Field Courses

Intercultural Communication in Practice
: Istanbul, Turkey
Dates: January 13–25, 2013 (optional Turkish language intensive from January 7–11, 2013 in Brattleboro)
Credits: 2*
Professor: Linda Drake Gobbo

This course will focus on Turkey’s complex cultural landscape and will include pre-travel seminars, in-country orientation and guided tour of Istanbul, field excursions, service work in a local community, and meetings with local organizations. Students are expected to relate the theories of intercultural communication in their course readings through their immersion in Turkish society and direct contact with people in varied settings: academic and informal, urban and rural, professional and familial.

Over a two-week period, students will stay in the center of Istanbul, move to a homestay within the surrounding city, have a rural visit and homestay, and return to Istanbul prior to departure.
The course will be offered in a blended format: Students from SIT’s low-residency and on-campus programs will come together online to prepare for the travel, ground themselves in relevant intercultural communication theory and concepts, obtain background information on Turkey, and reflect on culture and themselves as cultural beings.

The course will be delivered in English, but students are encouraged to use any available resource to develop basic Turkish language competency. An optional Turkish language intensive will be offered in Brattleboro from January 7–11, 2013.

In addition to the travel portion of the course, there will be two mandatory class sessions and online pre-departure activities during the fall semester and reentry assignments following the program’s completion.

*An optional extra credit independent study will be offered for students interested in exploring the course from a program design and delivery standpoint.

Please check back for program costs.

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